8 Charm Squares (or 16 2 1/2" x 5" strips)
10" x 15" piece of batting (poly or cotton, whichever you prefer, I've used poly)
10" x 15" piece of fabric for the back
2 pieces 10" x 15" fabric for the lining
Trace your stocking onto paper and cut out, creating a template. My stocking was a bit longer than I wanted to so I adjusted my template for that. I did not add a seam allowance but you may if that is what you prefer. I also did a little sketching around my template until I was really happy with the final shape, then I took a sharpie and outlined the final shape and cut on that line. To give you an idea, my template measures 14" from the top to the toe, 7" across the top and 11 1/2" from top to heel.
Now place your template on top of your pieced front and cut out one stocking piece.
Take your completed front and place it RIGHT side down on top of the backing fabric so that these pieces are RIGHT sides together. Use your stocking front as a template to cut the stocking back. Pin if you prefer and sew around the stocking leaving the top open.
Use your paper template to cut two lining pieces. Either place your fabric pieces RIGHT sides together and cut thru both pieces at once, or make sure when you are cutting each that you cut both on the same side of the fabric (right or wrong) and then flip your template to cut the second piece.
Sew the lining, RIGHT sides together leaving the top open AND leaving an opening just above the heel about 3-4 inches. This is IMPORTANT.
Take one 2 1/2" x 5" strip and fold it in half, wrong sides together matching the raw 5" edges. Iron. Open this and then fold the two raw edges toward the center crease and iron. Now refold and iron again. Take this to your machine and top stitch down both long ends.
***SEWING YOUR STOCKING***
Take your completed outer stocking, it should be right side out and put it INSIDE the lining. Remember your lining should be wrong side out.It should fit right in there, push the toe down inside the toe so it's out of your way. It doesn't need to be in there perfectly so don't worry about that. but you do want to make sure you put it in there correctly. The toe should be inside the toe and the heel should be inside the heel.
Line up the side seams and pin those first. Next pin around the front side of the stocking. Now take your hanger and fold it in half as seen in the photo to the left. Place this hanger (without the pin) in between the outer layer and lining on the heel side of the stocking, lining up the two raw edges with the raw edges of the stocking. the folded part of the hanger should be down inside the stocking. Get it as close to the side seam as you can but without putting it right on the side seam. The hanger will end up being on the back of the stocking on the heel side when we flip this.
As your sewing, backstitch a few times to secure the hanger, just in case Santa decides to overstuff the stockings this year.
Now reach into the gap you left open above the heel in the lining and pull your stocking out.
Keep pulling until the lining is turned out too.
***FINISHING THE STOCKING***
Hand stitch the opening in the lining closed and then stuff your lining into your stocking. Push it out and mess with it until the toe is inside the toe and the heel is in the heel.
Finger press around the top of the stocking and then take it to your machine and top stitch around the top.
That's it! You're done and you should have a beautiful handmade stocking!!
I made three (one for each of my kids)my Craftsy shop.